Chapel – Adversity
1 – The events of these last days are those which try men’s souls.
2 – How we deal with adversity is a strong indicator of our character.
• Will we bounce back or will we wilt?
• Will we encourage or will we criticize?
• Will we accept responsibility or will we shift blame?
3 – Today’s scripture gives us a vivid picture of what makes the difference when one encounters adversity. Matthew 7:24-27 (read the text aloud)
• The adversity, like the storm reveals the nature of our foundation.
• Are we more like the house built upon the sand?
• Or are we more like the house built upon the rock?
4 – Today, trust in the rock solid foundation we have as a team.
• Character – collective and individual
• Family – genuine love and respect for teammates
• Leadership – coaches, team captains and emerging young leaders
This resource provided by Roger D. Lipe
By Bill Buckley
James 2:14—“What use is it if someone says he has faith but he has no works? I tell you faith without action is useless? So a man is justified by works and not by faith alone…26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without action is dead.”
The question is not do you have faith but will you use the faith you do have?
Five acts of faith:
I. Relentless faith—Believe in the process.
a. “Though He slay me my faith is in God.” (Job 13:15)
b. Remember that life is a journey and victory takes time.
II. Bold faith—Believe in your preparedness.
a. Benaiah possessed the skills and training of a soldier.
b. Faith can only fight from a place of preparedness.
(2 Samuel 23:20—21)
III. Dangerous faith—Believe in God’s promises.
a. When the widow woman gave everything she had God poured out every thing He had. (Matt 12:41-44)
b. Dangerous faith moves you beyond your limitations into God’s limitless supply.
IV. Deadly faith—Believe in your purpose.
a. Ehud found something worth dying for and a man who isn’t afraid to die is a dangerous man. (Judges 3:20-22)
b. Deadly faith lives for a great purpose and will risk everything at the right moment.
V. Honest faith—Believe in God’s presence and power.
a. This daddy was honest and sincere about his faith. (Mark 9:23-24; Romans 8:28)
b. Honest faith believes in God’s availability more than faith’s ability.
“The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him and have faith.”